Week in review

Quote of the week

“Naturally, we want to think of America as America the beautiful. Taking off the rose-tinted glasses, however, presents a different image altogether… that of a bankrupt, highly militarized, and hair-triggered socialist empire that is daily finding new ways to tax its struggling citizenry and tramp all over the Constitution.” – David Galland

Degeneration of Democracy

by Thomas Sowell

“Just where in the Constitution of the United States does it say that a president has the authority to extract vast sums of money from a private enterprise and distribute it as he sees fit to whomever he deems worthy of compensation? Nowhere.

“And yet that is precisely what is happening with a $20 billion fund to be provided by BP to compensate people harmed by their oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Many among the public and in the media may think that the issue is simply whether BP’s oil spill has damaged many people, who ought to be compensated. But our government is supposed to be ‘a government of laws and not of men.’ If our laws and our institutions determine that BP ought to pay $20 billion– or $50 billion or $100 billion– then so be it.” more…

Faisal Shahzad: Exhibit A for Noninterventionism

by Michael Tennant

“It’s hard to argue with Shahzad’s logic. If it acceptable for the U.S. government to kill innocent people in foreign countries, why is it not acceptable for the dead foreigners’ countrymen to kill innocent Americans on our own soil? “Of course, neither is acceptable, but the latter follows from the former just as surely as night follows day, and that is what Paul was trying to explain to Giuliani and the rest of the American people.” more…

Supreme Court Nominee Could Coronate Obama

by Bruce Fein

“Kagan is a creature of the executive branch. She served as a senior legal advisor to President William Jefferson Clinton, and was appointed Solicitor General of the United States by President Obama. The latter has been styled The Tenth Justice because the Office of Solicitor General echoes the President’s constitutional views before the Supreme Court and commands substantial deference by its nine Justices. Kagan also eagerly sought appointment by President Clinton as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). Its customary mission is to manufacture theories of presidential omnipotence, which inexorably encourages intellectual scorn for Congress.” more…

All the Wrong Incentives

by Chris Wood

“[H]ad BP been operating under the assumption that it was liable for every single penny worth of damage caused by a spill, it would have made damn sure the likelihood of such an event was a low as possible. Yes, accidents happen and sometimes cannot be avoided. But all the Oil Pollution Act did was effectively incentivize BP to cut corners.

“We see this in countless aspects of our daily lives. Throughout the world, and in the United States in particular, people are incentivized to take economically destructive actions.” more…

Is Iran Actually Containing the U.S.?

by Amb. Marc Ginsberg

“Despite the denials multilateral sanctions are certainly more than a mere nuisance to Iran’s leadership. The latest round of sanctions impose on Iran an arms embargo, blacklist Iran’s international shipping companies, authorize inspections of cargo ships bound for Iran, prohibit foreign investment in Iran’s bonds, and blacklist companies and persons connected to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. Add other sanctions about to be imposed by the U.S. and its allies, and the noose should be tightening against Iran… or so sanctions proponents would have us believe.” more…

Regulars

Politics and Such

  • US sends 11 warship to possibly confront Iran, which wants to use its navy to escort aid ships to Gaza.
  • The NRA is selling out on free speech.
  • Subsidized computers seem to hurt educational efforts.
  • A chunk of Arizona has basically been ceded to Mexico.
  • Republic of Georgia will not tax any IT company operating in its borders.
  • A new bill would require you give your name, address, and date of birth in order to get a prepaid cellular phone.
  • Another bill would give the President the power to pull the plug on the Internet for the entire country, and perhaps the world, in the case of an emergency.
  • Only 12% see a secession attempt as very likely in the next 25 years.
  • The telegraph on the unraveling of the Euro and the ascendancy of the once and future money – gold.
  • Subservience to union thugs kept Obama from accepting help from world’s most advanced oil skimmers.
  • Federal judge blocks drilling moratorium in Gulf of Mexico.
  • The Rolling Stone article on Stanley McChrystal. [It’s an interesting read actually.] Here’s the NY Times on the fallout. And a decent piece from the Huffington Post. And finally, McChrystal is out. Why are we in Afghanistan again?
  • Clint Webb for Senate. Parody video (about 2 minutes). You’ll love it.
  • Denver collects FRN$1 million in medical marijuana taxes in 5 months.

Miscellany

  • Urban aquaponics – farming fish and plants in old industrial spaces.
  • Free WiFi at all Starbucks locations starting July 1st.

And now the numbers…

Just kidding. Actually I’m out of town this week and my laptop is acting up, therefore access to my raw data in spreadsheet form will have to suffice.

So we’re in Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canda-A. We brought passports, but they weren’t that intersted in seeing them. I think we could have gotten by with Michigan driver’s licences. The passport didn’t get a stamp anyway…

It was a quick drive. Baby Girl slept like the whole way, which was totally amazing. So the 5.5 hour drive I thought might take 7 actually took about 5.5 hours. Can’t beat that.

She’s so so so so so close to walking. We were just palying with her in the hotel room and Little Wife will tell you she took two steps, but I don’t think so. We’re close though!

So that’s the story for now. Going fishing tomorrow. All three of us!

Have a nice weekend.

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